Full Title: Distributed Generation and Emerging Technologies
Author(s): Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Publisher(s): Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Publication Date: 10/2012



Technological advances in the exploration and  production of natural gas have dramatically increased the  quantity of economically recoverable reserves in the  United States. The U.S. Energy Information Agency  (EIA) estimates that there is enough natural gas to last  more than 90 years at current consumption rates. The  growing supply has put downward pressure on natural gas  prices, making it an attractive and affordable energy  source. Therefore, it is likely that natural gas  consumption will increase in all sectors.

In 2010, residential and commercial buildings used  natural gas for nearly 21 percent of their energy  requirements (Figure 1). Electricity, created from various  energy sources, is the most used energy form in these  sectors.